THE Philippine Iron and Steel Institute (PISI) has recently discovered substandard reinforcing steel bars (rebar) that were being sold from hardware stores in areas of Central and Northern Luzon.
With these findings, the PISI reported the matter to the Department of Trade and Industry- Consumer and Protection Group and requested it to conduct market monitoring and standards enforcement in the two regions.
PISI also recommends that the Bureau of Product Standards conduct an immediate audit and issue show cause order on the manufacturers that produced and sold the substandard products in the said regions.
A copy of the report sent to science journalists of Bulacan signed by Roberto Cola, PISI president, said that they have received numerous complaints about substandard reinforcing steel bars (rebar) openly being sold in Central and Northern Luzon provinces.
To verify the complaints, Cola said the PISI has sent a team to conduct market monitoring and “test buy” on these regions from September 11 to 15 this year.
The monitoring team visited 19 hardware stores in Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya and Nueva Ecija.
Cola said the summary findings of the monitoring team that they have sent reported that nine samples of undersized/underweight rebars were bought from seven hardware store; two rebar samples with low tensile strength were bought from two hardware stores; two rebar samples with low elongation were brought from two hardware; and seven hardware sold rebar size 9mm that is not PNS 211:2002 and PNS 49:2002 mandatory standard.